Gifts for Dad

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Article Courtesy by Tiffany Roberts

Here are a few fun and easy gift ideas for that special man in your life.  In the past I've been really creative in my crafted gifts for the moms, sisters and friends I love - but I haven't yet tackled creating a handmade gift for my father or husband.

This year I decided I wanted to make those special guys something from the heart.  It was fun to think outside the box a little and try something new.

The three gift ideas I have to share with you are:  a CD holder, a covered candy bar, , and a canvas frame.  I'm used to working with bright, tropical-inspired colors and floral patterns.  These projects gave me a chance to dig through my stash and use some masculine patterns and themes.

CD Holder

This is an easy project that you can alter to hold any small item - a book, a DVD, a small tool or maybe a gift certificate to his favorite store and some new air fresheners for his car!



  • cardstock -  Paper Accents
  • patterned paper -  Francis Meyer
  • alphabet stickers - BasicGrey
  • DMC Floss
  • Page Pebbles - K&Company
  • letter stamps - Stampin' Up
  • ink - StazOn
  • corner round punch - Marvy Uchida

Candy Bar Holder

My man loves his chocolate!  I decided to do several small gifts for him, spread out over the whole day.  This is one of the little items I decided he would like.  I simply took his favorite jumbo-sized chocolate and created an attractive wrap to make it more special.



  • cardstock - Bazzill
  • patterned paper -  Chatterbox
  • mini letter stickers - Making Memories
  • "Cherish" sticker - Bazzill
  • metal accent - Making Memories
  • letter rub-ons - unknown
  • scallop circle die cut - Stampin' Up
  • vintage book page

Canvas Frame

What dad doesn't love pictures of his kids?  I decided to create a photo frame for my dad's desk.  There are several varieties of unfinished frames on the market.  Try wood, acrylic, canvas, or even make one of your own from matte board.



  • frame - EK Success
  • acrylic paint - Apple Barrel, Plaid
  • patterned paper - unknown
  • chipboard letters - Making Memories
  • rub-on letters - Making Memories
  • mini brads - Making Memories
  • "Love" ticket - Making Memories
  • vintage button

Here are a couple more project ideas; maybe one of these would work for your husband, brother, or father.

  • handmade garden stakes
  • BBQ spice set with custom-made recipe cards
  • desk set with monogrammed notepad, covered pen holder, and mini calendar
  • luggage tags for the man in your life that travels a lot
  • gift certificate booklet with coupons for massage, ball game, bowling, movies, etc.
  • dad's photo brag book for his desk
  • altered clock
  • dresser tray for keys, wallet etc. with photos and memorabilia under glass

I hope you've enjoyed these project ideas, and that you'll share your own Father's Day creations with us in the gallery so that we can continue to inspire each other!


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